There’s rave about the croquettes at Love is Blind, a nuevo restaurant in Merrick Park in the Gables. Well, at least that was a common thread in the reviews I read before going there, so I had to see for myself. I mean come on, croquettes? Not that I have anything against croquettes, they’re great in a pinch. But I wouldn’t necessarily rave about them.
When they arrived at the table I was disappointed. I mean they looked like the same thing they have at every bodega and family party in Soflo. However I didn’t write them off, I was totally clean slate when I tried them. And wow, wonderful, whimsical, delight danced in my mouth. Kind of like when it was insisted that I order the regular spaghetti at Scarpeta by the friend I dined with there. A humble, baseline, everyday, everyman dish, transformed. Cheesy, Serano ham, mouth melding, deliciousness. I was off to a great start.
Next I tried the braised steak with Marsela wine reduction, on creamy garbanzo beans, topped with a fried egg. Now anyone who knows me well knows I’m a sucker for a fried egg, so I had to order it. So happy I did. One word, scrumptious.
I also tried the baby spinach and quinoa salad with toasted sesame vinegrette and the roasted pork over faux risotto (orzo), both as splendid as the aforementioned dishes.
Love may be blind, but you can definitely taste it at Love is Blind. Oh and make sure you taste the croquettes, you’ll fall in love most definitely!